How Tom Brady Can Help Bill Belichick and the Patriots to Yet Another AFC East Title (Yes, You Read That Right)

The New England Patriots are close to locking up yet another AFC East title as Bill Belichick continues to flex his muscles in his cut-off sweatshirt. After a sluggish start to the season, Mac Jones and the Patriots have skyrocketed to the top of the AFC and are right on the cusps of clinching the division. Ironically enough, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady can help Belichick and the Patriots get that much closer to another division title. Yes, really.

The Patriots have put together an impressive win streak with Mac Jones running the show

New England has rattled off seven straight victories to hold the AFC lead heading into their bye week.

A bizarre three-pass performance from Jones was enough for the Patriots to defeat the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football as they ran the ball over and over again on a cold, windy evening.

Nonetheless, here we are. It is the middle of December, and the Patriots are atop the AFC East and the AFC as a whole, thanks to an unbelievable turnaround as Belichick plants his flag in the Coach of the Year race.

Now, New England has a 9-4 record and a two-game cushion ahead of the Bills as they take a week off and prepare for the final stretch.

How can Tom Brady help the Patriots inch closer to an AFC East crown?

Patriots HC Bill Belichick and Buccaneers QB Tom Brady.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady | Maddie Meyer/ Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Good question.

The Buccaneers face the Buffalo Bills this weekend in Florida. That’s how.

To expand more, Brady shreds against the Bills throughout his career. His record against Buffalo all-time is 32-3 in the regular season and just another example of why he is one of the best to ever step on a football field.

The Bills are in the midst of some strange struggles. After starting the year 5-4, Buffalo has dropped three of its past five games to fall below the Patriots in the standings.

On Sunday, a loss against the Buccaneers would send Buffalo further away from New England in the AFC East and could potentially drop them out of the AFC Wild Card picture. As it stands now, Josh Allen’s squad is clinging on to the seventh seed in the AFC, good for the final Wild Card spot.

What makes things more difficult for Buffalo is that they still have to face the Patriots the day after Christmas — at Gilette Stadium.

On the flip side, a victory puts Buffalo within striking distance of the Patriots, which could make that battle even more critical.

Nonetheless, Belichick and the Patriots will quietly be rooting for Brady and the Buccaneers to knock off the Bills and send New England one step closer to locking up the AFC East for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.

That is dominance.

The AFC East race has changed drastically just a year after the Bills ran away with it

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One year ago, the Bills dominated the AFC East. The Miami Dolphins, believe it or not, finished second to Buffalo. New England struggled with Cam Newton under center and staggered to a 7-9 record after 11 straight years of winning the division.

A year later, things look very different. Jones has done wonders in his rookie season, and Josh McDaniels continues to put together a masterful offense. But, the defense has been the calling card for New England.

The Patriots are first in the NFL in points allowed per game (15.4), fourth in sacks (32), and first in interceptions (19). That is a recipe for success, and the massive signing of Matthew Judon has paid off in a big way.

New England is back in the driver’s seat, and with games against the Dolphins and New York Jets in the final two weeks of the season, an AFC East crown — and a first-round bye — are looking realistic for Belichick and the Patriots.

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